Man Arrested for Acting Like a Ghost
Anthony Stallard, 24, pleaded guilty to poor behavior at a cemetery
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2014 5:00 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A guy who's on parole for harassment goes out drinking, then visits a cemetery with a buddy and a football—what could go wrong? The people of Portsmouth, England, found out when Anthony Stallard, 24, booted the football at gravestones and acted like a ghost for cemetery visitors, according to a court hearing. "He was throwing himself backwards, waving his arms about and going 'wooooooo,'" said a prosecuting attorney. "I’m assuming he was pretending to be a ghost." Stallard pleaded guilty to "using threatening or abusive words or behavior likely to cause distress," the Portsmouth News reports.

Stallard's attorney said his client's actions wouldn't have been "inappropriate" outside of a cemetery, "but inside a cemetery while people are grieving for their loved ones it might be." Stallard's behavior also violated a suspended sentence for assault that dates back to last August, so he'll face imprisonment if he violates it again. "He is apologetic as demonstrated by his early guilty plea," his attorney said. Stallard was fined about $125 for his ghoulish display. The Telegraph has a photo of the charmer, curled lip and all.